This section follows the old highway through Chikatsuyu Village along the south side of Mt. Takao, gradually climbing over 200 meters in elevation.
If you need a break, to the northwest of the Chikano Elementary School is the lovely cafe Bocu, a macrobiotic restaurant. There are also a couple of coffee shops in town. (Business hours vary).
In the shrine grove of Tsugizakura-oji are the massive Nonaka-no-Ipposugi cedar trees. The shrine grove and its old-growth trees were saved from destruction by Minakata Kumagusu during the early 20th century.
The Nonaka-no-Shimizu spring, one of the 100 famous waters of Japan, is located just below the shrine. The Toganoki-jaya Teahouse is located next to the sanctuary.
|Distance||4 km (~2.4 mi)|
|Time||~1 hr 15 mins|
※Walking times vary. Please plan accordingly.
|Difficulty rating||1.5 What is difficulty rating?|
|Total Elevation Gain||~216 m (~710 ft)|
|Total Elevation Loss||~0 m|
|Access||Bus Timetable |
Buses run from Kii-Tanabe and Shirahama to Chikatsuyu. Bus Timetable #1 (Eastbound), Bus Timetable #2 (Westbound). There is Nonaka-no-Ipposugi located on Highway #311 (a 20-minute walk). Note: most buses run on Highway #311, so double-check bus timetables.
|Nearest bus stop||Chikatsuyu-oji (Start), Nonaka-no-Ipposugi (Finish)|